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Exciting times for the firm as we’re expanding operations and opening our first international office in the United States.
The main driver for opening a US-based office is client demand: increasingly, the global organisations we work with have assignments and roles with international requirements.
In future, we’ll be able to provide the high quality Berkeley offer, our distinctive style of working and desire to help with the most important challenges our clients face through a local New York-based presence.
In terms of timing, we’ve assessed international office opportunities on a number of occasions over the years, but this time a number of planets came into alignment: interesting opportunities with established clients, a dynamic location, at a time that was right for our firm and our people.
The London operation will continue as usual, and New York is simply an extension of the core Berkeley model. We will now be able to serve the local market directly, and support UK assignments that have a US dimension. We’ll continue to offer the same core services: setting and shaping business strategy; mobilising and delivering complex business and technology transformation; and getting the most from your people.
We’ll also continue to operate across sectors, although we expect the demands on the New York market and the sectors we have most experience in to come to the fore in our early assignments: Financial Services, Media and Entertainment, Consumer Products, Retail, Healthcare and Pharma.
We’re completing the set up process with the US authorities right now. One of our partners, Neil McClumpha, has already moved to New York. He’ll be leading the US business, joined by one of our most experienced consultants, Ben Wildman. Over the coming months we’ll be bringing out further UK resources and starting to hire locally, as demand builds.
The new office is located in mid-town New York, near Grand Central station at 450 Lexington Avenue, on the site of the old US postal service building.
We’re keen to grow our contacts in a new location, and would welcome your support. If your organisation has a New York office, or you have US-based contacts in your network and would be happy to make an introduction, please get in touch.
First and foremost, we need to get our US operation fully established. This will take a while, but a New York presence is just part of a broader international working strategy for Berkeley and in the longer term we may be looking at opening other offices in North America or other parts of the world.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get in touch with Neil, Ben or any of the partners at Berkeley.
I have been in consulting for 25 years. My early career was spent with Accenture, working on pan-European strategies for Consumer and Industrial products companies, before seizing an opportunity to head to California to work in the fast-emerging e-commerce arena. I joined Cambridge Technology Partners where I worked with established players to understand the potential of online as a new channel to market and also with start-up businesses to launch internet-enabled propositions from scratch. In 2002, I came back to the UK and joined Berkeley where I have enjoyed engaging with executive teams across a broad range of businesses. I have lead the development and associated investment in a five year e-commerce strategy for a UK retailer; used systems dynamics to build an operational model of a hospital to help the board evaluate the impact of potential strategies; developed an operational due diligence kit with a PE house to support acquisition decisions; and coached the CEO of a gaming company in the run up to a successful acquisition.
I recently relocated to New York to set up Berkeley’s first overseas office. I’m really excited about taking a proven consulting model that has been 25 years in the making and launching it into a new market. On the home front, the family are undergoing a crash course in American sports; the softball gloves are being broken-in; the obligatory basketball hoop has been ordered for the driveway; and NFL Sunday – ten hours of programming that can only be tackled with a beer and hot dogs – is being fully embraced!
I have 18 years’ experience in the consulting world. I left Southampton University with a degree in Physiology and Pharmacology, and spent some time travelling the world before joining Accenture. I spent 6 years there working predominantly with Oil, Gas and Utility clients on large scale business transformation programmes.
I joined Berkeley in 2004, and instantly felt at home with the people, approach, and interesting, varied work. During my time here I’ve worked with a range of industries and clients, including BP, M&S, Xerox, the FCA, Royal Mail and HSBC. I have enjoyed working across all types of assignment at Berkeley: shaping strategy; assurance and project reviews; business transformation and technology delivery. The aspect of the job I enjoy most is establishing myself as a trusted part of the client team, working side by side to solve problems.
I’m married to Elise and we have two young sons who continue to test our sleep patterns. We’re gearing up for the move to New York by talking about decluttering the house and visiting the local restaurants we’ve wanted to go to, but never have. I continue to pull on the football boots to perform a Teddy Sheringham-like role (without the pace or goals) for my local team, and enjoy playing tennis when I get the chance. I support Brentford FC, and look forward to the European Cup coming to Griffin Park sometime soon: if Leicester can do it, so can we!